LANSING — Before the first trigger pull of the 2017 trap shooting season, Noah Gouge knew where he wanted to finish the season.
Thanks to a lot of hard work and flat out great shooting, Gouge finished the season at the top of the Amateur Trapshooting Association junior leaderboard, earning the ATA All-American Captain spot.
Gouge finished the season with 2,774 All-American points and became the first person from North Carolina to ever be the team captain.
Noah capped off his outstanding 2017 season by finishing 10th out of 3,120 shooters at the Grand American in Sparta, Ill. He hit 2,518 out of a possible 2,600 targets and brought home 10 championship trophies.
During the two-week shoot, Gouge became just the 22nd person in history to break a perfect 300×300, meaning he hit 100 straight targets in singles, doubles and handicap.
“Breaking the 300 is definitely one of my biggest accomplishments,” Gouge said. “Earning all the points I did and being the All-American team captain was special too.”
At the Cardinal Classic in Ohio, Gouge won six trophies and gathered 257 All-American points. He finished third out of everyone in High Overall, a total of 2,290 entries.
As if everything else he has accomplished this year wasn’t enough already, Gouge ended the season with the highest aggregate average ever by a North Carolina shooter. His singles, doubles and handicap average combined ended up at 96.13 percent of targets hit this year.
“I would like to thank Krieghoff International, L&M Lenses and PFS Stocks and send out a special thanks to my local sponsors that have helped me achieve my goals and dreams over the last three years,” Gouge said.
Just when you might think Noah could get some time off, he now gets to focus his attention on college shooting and the all important classroom work at Lindenwood University.
“I am really excited to be at Lindenwood and shoot for their national team. It’s a real honor to shoot for the best team in America right now, Gouge said.
The competition season at Lindenwood started last month and will last through the national championships March 27 through April 2, 2018.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.